Examples of those who lost:
Joseph: we read about him in Genesis 37-50-The story begins with Joseph as a 17 year old. God gave him dreams concerning his future. He told his family about the dreams. His brothers sold him into slavery as a result of their jealousy. It appeared he lost it all, family, especially his fathers love and the coat of colors his father gave him, he even lost his freedom.
How did he handle his loss. Not a lot is said except that he did hold onto his faith in God. The phrase;” The LORD was with Joseph “can be found three times, in Genesis 39:2,21,&23. So we know Joseph trusted God.In Genesis 50:20 toward the end of his life we read,”..God meant it for good..” . a statement Joseph made to his brothers. A similar verse can be found in Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good each . In the end Joseph’s dreams did come true and he was second in command to Pharoah, he saved his family from famine. God was with him all the way through all his loss, and he went on with his life. Eventually he was reunited with his family, especially his beloved father. Hebrews 13:5 says it best,”I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you”
Then we turn to the new testament in John 11:1-45 the story of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Lazarus was ill and they sent for Jesus . He did not go there for two more days after learning his friend was ill. In the mean time Lazarus died. Mary was weeping. When he arrived, both the sisters blamed Jesus for his death ,stating if Jesus had been there Lazarus would not have died. Jesus also wept, verse 35. He was troubled by the sorrow of his friends over their brother’s death. He did raise him from the dead and explained it was for the glory of God he had allowed this to happen, so he could show his power over death and to heal.
To sum it up:
1. God is with us through our loss, whatever the loss, death of a family member, a job, etc. Hebrews 13:5 he won’t leave us.
2. He works everything together for our good, even when at the time it happens, it may not seem that way. We don’t have all the facts or see the whole picture the way God does.
3. God is in control, just as he was in control when Lazarus died.
4. God loves us. John 11:36 the Jews who were present when Jesus arrived at Martha and mary’s commented of Jesus: “See HOW HE LOVED HIM!” 1 John 4:8..for God is love.
5. Time, it takes time to work through the loss of your loved one, job etc.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14- But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord- for we walk by faith, not by sight- we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Thanks to Christ’s resurrection, we will see our loved ones again someday-all believers we will see again,